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Medieval soldiers and 10th century monks – see Durham’s history come to life on World Heritage Day UK News

Durham’s history came alive on Easter Monday with a series of fun family activities to mark World Heritage Day

Durham was packed with visitors on Easter Monday as crowds took part in a range of activities to learn about the city’s incredible history.

More than 1,500 people saw Durham’s history come to life like never before as the city celebrated its status as a World Heritage Site on International World Heritage Day. A series of free family activities took place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham, which includes Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and Palace Green Library.

Youngsters were able to dress up as medieval soldiers and watch lively historical re-enactments at Durham Castle as part of the activities on offer. Families also had the chance to chat with characters, including a 10th century monk, to hear their views on Durham’s history.

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Alison Clark, Head of Culture, Sport and Tourism at Durham County Council, said: “It’s so good to see people enjoying Durham’s history brought to life like never before. This one-day event on International World Heritage Day celebrated our people and our culture, together with the people of Durham.

“Durham has once again shown how it can bring together extraordinary people, places and ideas. It is events like this for the whole family that demonstrate the wealth of cultural activities in the county and show why County Durham is now one of only four places in the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious title of UK City of Culture 2025.”

During the day, visitors took part in walking tours around the World Heritage Site of Durham and listened to live music from local bands.

Liz Waller, Director of University Library and Collections, University Librarian, said: “The World Heritage Site is always a fantastic place to visit, but World Heritage Day has given us an excuse to be more playful. and explore the many different ancient spaces and treasures in a really fun way.

“The number of people attending all the different events demonstrates that the World Heritage Site of Durham is for everyone and why County Durham is on the shortlist of four to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2025.”

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